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White-eared Jacamar - BirdForum Opus

Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis
Photo © by Alejandro Tabini
Peru, 10 April 2007


19-20 cm (7½-8 in)
A small, short-tailed Jacamar with relatively long stout pink bill and white ear patches. Otherwise reddish-chestnut overall darker on wings and forehead. Reddish eyes set off by orange eye-ring.

Similar Species

Virtually identical to Purus Jacamar which lacks the white ear patch. The two species are not known to overlap.


South America: found from Colombia east of the Andes through Ecuador to north-eastern Peru and western Amazonian Brazil.


This is a monotypic species[1].


River edges and forest in Amazonian basin, varsea forest canopy.



Flying insects.


Only one nest has been described, a cavity built in an arboreal termitarium attended by two adults. No further information.


Song is a rising and falling chatter usually given in a duet or chorus.




  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdForum Member observations
  3. Tobias, J., Züchner, T., de Melo Júnior, T.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). White-eared Jacamar (Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/55935 on 18 July 2019).
  4. White-eared Jacamar (Galbalcyrhynchus leucotis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whejac1
  5. Schulenberg, T. S. & Stotz, D. F. & Lane, D. F. & O'Neill, J. P. & Parker III, T. A. & Egg, A. B. (2010). Birds of Peru: Revised and Updated Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691130231

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